It’s Election Day: Ballots must be received by 7 p.m. HST on Big Island to count

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Itʻs Election Day. Ballots must be received by 7 p.m. HST to count.

On the Big Island, registered voters can drop off their ballots at any of the nine drop box locations. Ballots also can be dropped off at Hawaiʻi County’s two Voter Service Centers:

  • Hilo: County of Hawaiʻi Aupuni Center, Conference Room, 101 Pauahi St., Suite 1
  • Kona: West Hawaiʻi Civic Center, Community Room (Building G), 75-5044 Ane Keohokālole Highway

The Voter Service Centers are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 8.


For a map of the locations of the drop boxes and Voter Service Centers, click here.

Do not mail your ballot. It will not arrive in time to count.

It is not too late for eligible residents to register to vote for the General Election. This can be done at the Voter Service Center today (Nov. 8). It will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. But if you need to register, make sure you do so in time for your vote to count.

To register to vote in Hawaiʻi, you must be a U.S. Citizen, a legal resident of the State of Hawaiʻi and be at least 18 years old. For more information about how to register, click here.


In the General Election, voters may vote for the candidate of their choice regardless of political affiliation. Once you submit your ballot, you can track it here.

Tonight, Big Island Now will have fast results for all local and state races, with updates every five minutes from official election data. The first results will be available shortly after the polls close at 7 p.m.

For the general election, State of Hawaiʻi residents will vote for:

  • Governor: current Lt. Gov. Josh Green and former Lt. Gov. Duke Aiona
  • Lieutenant governor: pastor Seaula Tupaʻi Jr. and state House Finance Chair Sylvia Luke.
  • US Senator: Democrat and incumbent Brian Schatz, Republican Bob McDermott, Aloha ʻAina Party Dan Decker, Green Party Emma Pohlman and Libertarian Party Feena Bonoan
  • US Representative, District 1: Democrat Ed Case, Republican Conrad Kress (Big Island residents do not vote for this representative)
  • US Representative, District 2: Democrat Jill Tokuda, Republican Joseph Akana and Libertarian Party Michelle Rose Tippens

Big Island residents will vote for three of its four state senators:

  • District 1: Democrat Lorraine Inouye and Republican Helen Tupai
  • District 2: Democrat Joy Van Buenaventura, Republican Holly Osborn and Libertarian Party Fred Fogel
  • District 4: Democrat Tim Richards and Republican Nicholas Tancheff

Big Island residents will vote for five state representatives:

  • District 3: Democrat Chris Todd and Aloha ʻAina Party Devn McMackin Sr.
  • District 4: Democrat Greggor Llagan, Republican Keikilani Ho, Libertarian Party Candace Linton and Nonpartisan Brian Ley
  • District 5: Democrat Jeanne Kapela, Republican Lohi Goodwin and Libertarian Party Mike Last
  • District 6: Democrat Kirstin Kahaloa and Republican Jonathan Kennealy
  • District 8: Democrat David Tarnas, Republican Monique Perreira

Big Island residents also will vote for one County Council opening, in District 2 in East Hawai’i — between Matthias Kusch and Jenn Kagiwada — and on three proposed amendments to the Hawai’i County Charter. To learn about the amendments, click here.

At the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, six of the nine trustee seats are up for grabs.

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